The TFA Curriculum

We have 6 periods of 50 minutes every day making 30 periods in the week. There is a form period of 30 minutes at the beginning of each morning and a floating Positive Discipline lesson that takes place during a different period every week where students spend the lesson with their form tutor. Break (20 minutes) is between Periods 2 and 3 and lunch (30 minutes) is between Periods 3 and 4. School starts at 8:30am and finishes at 2:50pm.

On two days each year, Years 7-11 have their own Empowerment Days that are specifically designed to cover aspects of PHSCEE that cannot be delivered through other lessons. These days often involve outside agencies and guest speakers and cover issues such as drugs, bullying and careers. All students will attend at least one assembly each week that is well planned and coordinated to support the delivery of social, moral, spiritual and cultural aspects of learning, including the promotion of British values.

Key Stage 3: Years 7 and 8

Years 7 and 8 allows students to study a broad range of subjects that, at the end of Key Stage 3, enable them to make informed choices for their GCSEs.  Students are taught in groups that reflect both their ability and their pastoral needs for all subjects. Subject studied include: Art, Citizenship, Drama, English, Geography, History, ICT/Computer Science, Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages (German & French), Music, Ethics, Philosophy and Religion, Physical Education, Science and Technology (Product Design, Food, Technology and Textiles).

All students will study a Modern Foreign Language at The Farnley Academy, this is either German or French.

Students choose their GCSE course options in Year 8. To support your child in choosing their options, an options evening will take place in March for all year 8 students.

Key Stage 4: Years 9, 10 and 11

Students now begin their GCSE courses. Students will study both English Language and English Literature, along with Mathematics, a Double Award in Science and Citizenship.  Students also pick three options from a combination of GCSE and Level 2 vocational courses.  They will also continue to have one Physical Education lesson per week. Students are placed on a Pathway before they choose their options.

Pathway 1 is a traditional GCSE route where at least one of the options a student selects must be a language, and one must be either History or Geography.

Pathway 2 allows students to select either History or Geography, plus two further GCSE or vocational subjects.

A selection of the possible subjects which are available for students to select are: Art, Business Studies, Geography, Health and Social Care, History, Hospitality, ICT, Performing Arts, Product Design and Sport.

(Note: Certain subjects cannot be chosen together. Further details will be provided during options evening)

What will my child be taught?

All subject areas at The Farnley Academy have Curriculum Maps, which cover five or in certain cases three years. Curriculums have been designed to ensure that all students are fully prepared for the demands of GCSEs and A Levels. Curriculum Leaders started by identifying the key Assessment Objectives contained in the GCSE specifications and mapped backwards to ensure students are introduced to key skills and content during Keys Stage 3. It is also essential in order to promote learning cohesion across Years 7 to 11, thus enabling our young people to make progress over time and systematically develop the knowledge and ability to apply these skills in a range of contexts.

As parents and carers you will be able to see the topics and skills your child is currently working on and also what they will be going onto explore next. If you require any further clarification on how to support your child with these topics please contact Curriculum Leaders by sending an email to or by telephoning the academy on 0113 2630741.

As an academy we are also committed to ensuring that our young people are fully exposed to a variety of social, moral, spiritual and cultural aspects of learning (SMSC), including Fundamental British Values (FBV). It is for this reason that such opportunities are highlighted within the Curriculum Maps. Please click on the download link to view each subject’s Curriculum Plan.